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GMFB Hosts Disagree On NFL Re-Opening Team Facilities

“Former NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson says teams should begin preparations for the season in some fashion as soon as possible, while Peter Schrager contends that in the interest of fairness, the NFL should wait until all 32 teams can participate at the same level before activities resume.”

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The NFL announced that teams can reopen their training facilities beginning Tuesday May 19 as long as they meet state and local guidelines.  The analysts of the NFL Network’s popular morning show, Good Morning Football, are glad to have football back in some capacity, but some worry it could also create inequities between the teams. 

Former NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson says teams should begin preparations for the season in some fashion as soon as possible, while Peter Schrager contends that in the interest of fairness, the NFL should wait until all 32 teams can participate at the same level before activities resume.

“We got to do what we got to do,” Burleson said. “It (opening) allows us as fans something to talk about. Media personalities can report from the facilities and be able to talk to players.”

Burleson admits that the NFL reopening facilities will be more difficult than the NBA doing the same. Burleson then refers to a conversation he had with his brother Kevin Burleson, who is the player development coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“I know it’s a little bit of a different dynamic,” Burleson said of comparing the two leagues. “But Kevin says they are going to try to have one-on-one sessions between a player and a couch for an hour. That’s two people on the court at the same time and the next player comes in. It’s a lot easier in the NBA because you only have 12 to 15 guys. In the NFL there are 53 guys just on the roster, not counting the free agents who come in this time of year and then the practice squad. The NBA is trying any way it can just to get people in the building. As long as we (the NFL) can just get people in the building, it is such a good sign that things are headed in the right direction.”

While Schrager agrees that opening NFL facilities is a positive he worries that will create inequities between teams that can meet and those who can’t.

“I think about the inequality of it though,” he argues. “A team in New Jersey can’t get into their facility while a team in Denver might be able to. Are we throwing that (fairness) out the window just to, as Nate said, get bodies in the building?”

Kyle Brandt, co-host of Good Morning Football, agrees with Burleson’s view.

“I’ll take the custodial staff in the building to clean the floors,” he said. “It’s baby steps at this point.”

Brandt also encourages viewers to read Peter King’s Football Morning in America column where he interviews new Carolina Panthers’ head coach Matt Rhule. When asked how he is getting through the current situation, Rhule replied, “We just got to figure it out, bro.”

“He (Rhule) has two new coordinators and a quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater who hasn’t even met his receivers,” Brandt said. “He has to address his team through a six minute video on his IPhone. That’s the world we are living in. They have to play Brady and Gronk in the Bucs’ home opener with all these unknowns. I understand trying to be fair and equal to all 32 teams, but some teams like the Panthers need every advantage they can get whether it’s just doing pushups or having lunch together. Football, God willing, is coming and any (practice) availability whatsoever you have to give them.”

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The NFL Still Considering Multiple Offers For Sunday Ticket

The NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has not bid for the package but has stated it is willing to partner with the new rightsholder for a potential deal.

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Sunday Ticket Negotiations

DirecTV currently has the rights to Sunday Ticket. That deal expires at the end of this upcoming football season. The NFL is expected to make a boatload of cash when they decide which media organization gets the next rights to the package. The only question is… who will that be?

Alex Sherman of CNBC reports that the NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has decided not bid for the package. However, they are interested in partnering with the new rightsholder for a potential deal. DirecTV knows that Sunday Ticket is a staple in bars and restaurants and is interested in maintaining those relationships.

Outside of the bar/restaurant industry, success has been limited for the satellite provider with the football package. Fewer than two million subscribers signed up for Sunday Ticket each year which made the package a money-loser for the satellite TV provider.

According to the report, the NFL wants more than $2 billion for the rights and a stake in NFL Media, which is being packaged with Sunday Ticket. Also on the table is the NFL’s mobile rights. The league’s previous mobile agreement with Verizon has ended.

An interesting piece of the negotiations is Sunday Ticket price. According to the report, a buyer would have limited flexibility on pricing. The NFL signed contracts with CBS and Fox and within the framework of those deals, language mandates Sunday Ticket have a premium price. That’s to prevent loss of viewers from the networks that feature local market Sunday afternoon games. So essentially, the price is the price for the consumer.

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F1 Renews With ESPN For U.S. Media Rights

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

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The racing series F1 has decided to stick with ESPN through 2025.

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

The reported value of the three-year contract is set to pay F1 $75-90M per year for the U.S. media rights. Amazon had offered to pay roughly $100M per year, with the right to sublicense to a linear broadcast network. Comcast’s offer was similar to ESPN’s in terms of value and the structure. They also wanted to put select races on it’s streaming service, Peacock.

Netflix was in on the negotiations, as well. The makers of Drive to Survive, the streaming series that many credit with the sport’s explosion in popularity in recent years, wasn’t close on on their financial offer. Also, it seems F1 executives were not ready to put all of its races on a streaming service just yet.

Currently, F1 receives $5M per year for ESPN to broadcast it’s races. ESPN has grabbed about 1.0 million viewers per race. That makes F1 a more than viable option for the network to invest into again. ESPN will be able to put a small number of races on its ESPN+ streaming service exclusively. The vast majority being on ABC or ESPN.

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Skip Bayless Says He And Stephen A. Smith ‘Sorted Out’ Their Disagreement

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

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Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were locked in a war of words last week following the First Take host’s appearance on JJ Redick’s Old Man and the Three podcast.

The origins of their partnership were discussed and Bayless admitted he did not like the way Smith characterized the state of First Take before he arrived on set. Smith insisted that Bayless simply misunderstood what he meant by saying that he was told the show needed him.

Over the weekend, Skip Bayless says he and Stephen A. Smith got together at the Bayless home in California to talk things out in private.

“He was in LA, he came over, we sat by the pool,” he said on the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show. “It wasn’t the easiest conversation for a while, but we slowly but surely sorted it out. We got through it, and we have been through so much together.”

Bayless reiterated that he considers Smith a brother. They love each other. That doesn’t mean they are always going to remember events the same way or see eye-to-eye all the time.

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

Fighting doesn’t mean the relationship is fractured. In fact, Skip Bayless was adamant that he remains closer to Smith than he is to most people in his life.

“I don’t trust easily because of the way I was raised, but I do trust Stephen Anthony Smith. Trust him with my life. Always have and always will. I trust he will always be there for me, and you better believe I will always be there for him.”

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